In celebration of Black History Month, the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus (ADBC) will host its eighth annual King-Kennedy Dinner at the Metroplex Event Center in Little Rock at 7pm.
The event was established in 2005 to honor and recognize outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to their communities and the state of Arkansas.
Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College, economist, author and commentator will be the keynote speaker for the event.
The annual King-Kennedy Dinner held during Black History Month is a fund-raiser for the ADBC, a portion of the proceeds will go to provide a scholarship at an identified historically black college for students wishing to pursue a career in public service.
This year’s honorees include:
Irma Hunter Brown Women’s Leadership Award: Dr. Sherece Y. West, PH.D, Little Rock, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Thomas E. Patterson Education Award: Dr. Dexter Booth, Little Rock, Parkview Arts Science Magnet High School
Annie Abrams Community Service Award: Bishop Emeritus Leodies Warren, Little Rock, Greater Christ Temple Pentecostal Church
Jerry Jewel Government Leadership Award: Rep. Darrin Williams (D-36), Little Rock, State Representative
Calvin King Economic Development Award: Garbo and Dr. Archie Hearne, Little Rock, Hearne Fine Art/Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing
President’s Award: Ms Annette Dove, TOPPS, Inc., Pine Bluff; Mr. Jermaine A. Johnson, Sr., Little Rock; Mrs. Tara Shephard-Burgess, “At-Promise Girls”, Little Rock; Ms. Mary Louise Williams, Little Rock
President’s Award – Lifetime Achievement: Dr. William “Sonny” Walker, Atlanta, Georgia